I don’t usually start general topic threads, but it’s nearly my birthday, which seems to always lead to reflection on years past (ha, despite the fact that I’m only turning 24).
I haven’t done a lot with my life yet, but I think that one thing that’s interesting to think about is what you consider to be your greatest individual accomplishment and what others think is your greatest accomplishment.
I didn’t start this thread to boast or anything, as I thought it might make for an interesting thought piece for others to post what they think is the thing they’re proudest of and what others would think it to be.
My senior year of college had two major accomplishments, probably the biggest two of my life:
-Ran my first marathon and set a course record for my age division.
-Was accepted at the best law school in the country.
Looking back on it (and even at the time), I think of marathon performance as easily the accomplishment I’m prouder of. I feel like the training and race itself were life-changing experiences, while getting accepted at the best law school in the country was just one of those things that happened, provided me a great opportunity, and will serve me well in the future.
When I say that, friends and family think I’m crazy or lying. It’s really bizarre to them that I would take the marathon performance (with a modest time, at 3 hours) over the acceptance. At first, I thought this might just spell out different priorities for different people, but what I think it really points to is the value of an experience versus the value of an accomplishment.
So, what’s your greatest individual accomplishment? Would others agree? What might the disagreement say about your priorities, the power of your experiences, etc?